HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
Thank you for considering contributing to this distribution. This file contains instructions that will help you work with the source code.
The distribution is managed with Dist::Zilla. This means that many of the usual files you might expect are not in the repository, but are generated at release time, as is much of the documentation. Some generated files are kept in the repository as a convenience (e.g. Makefile.PL or cpanfile).
Generally, you do not need Dist::Zilla to contribute patches. You do need Dist::Zilla to create a tarball. See below for guidance.
If you have App::cpanminus 1.6 or later installed, you can use
satisfy dependencies like this:
$ cpanm --installdeps .
Otherwise, look for either a
cpanfile file for
a list of dependencies to satisfy.
You can run tests directly using the
$ prove -l
$ prove -lv t/some_test_file.t
For most of my distributions,
prove is entirely sufficient for you to test any
patches you have. I use
prove for 99% of my testing during development.
Code style and tidying
Please try to match any existing coding style. If there is a
file, please install Perl::Tidy and use perltidy before submitting patches.
If there is a
tidyall.ini file, you can also install Code::TidyAll and run
tidyall on a file or
tidyall -a to tidy all files.
Much of the documentation Pod is generated at release time. Some is generated boilerplate; other documentation is built from pseudo-POD directives in the source like C<=method> or C<=func>.
If you would like to submit a documentation edit, please limit yourself to the documentation you see.
If you see typos or documentation issues in the generated docs, please email or open a bug ticket instead of patching.
Where to send patches and pull requests
If you found this distribution on Github, sending a pull-request is the best way to contribute.
If a pull-request isn't possible, a bug ticket with a patch file is the next best option.
As a last resort, an email to the author(s) is acceptable.
Installing and using Dist::Zilla
Dist::Zilla is not required for contributing, but if you'd like to learn more, this section will get you up to speed.
Dist::Zilla is a very powerful authoring tool, optimized for maintaining a large number of distributions with a high degree of automation, but it has a large dependency chain, a bit of a learning curve and requires a number of author-specific plugins.
To install it from CPAN, I recommend one of the following approaches for the quickest installation:
# using CPAN.pm, but bypassing non-functional pod tests
$ cpan TAP::Harness::Restricted
$ PERL_MM_USE_DEFAULT=1 HARNESS_CLASS=TAP::Harness::Restricted cpan Dist::Zilla
# using cpanm, bypassing *all* tests
$ cpanm -n Dist::Zilla
In either case, it's probably going to take about 10 minutes. Go for a walk, go get a cup of your favorite beverage, take a bathroom break, or whatever. When you get back, Dist::Zilla should be ready for you.
Then you need to install any plugins specific to this distribution:
$ cpan `dzil authordeps`
$ dzil authordeps | cpanm
Once installed, here are some dzil commands you might try:
$ dzil build
$ dzil test
$ dzil xtest
You can learn more about Dist::Zilla at http://dzil.org/